There have been conflicting reports all morning about where the Adam Jones deal is going to come down. Some people have pegged at as north of $100 million. Ken Rosenthal says, however, that he’s hearing it will be six years and “in the $85 million range.”
If so, this seems like a pretty good deal for the Orioles, coming out just north of $14 million a year. At that rate, Jones need not slug .600 like he is this year. Indeed, this could be a career year for him, followed by some years of good-to-moderate power, good defense and .280+ hitting, and it would still be a nice signing for the Orioles. And for Jones, too.
Still, this is the Orioles’ largest deal in history, eclipsing Miguel Tejada’s six-year, $72 million free agent deal back in 2004 and sending a signal to O’s fans that they’re serious about putting a quality product on the field.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts announced on Monday that Hyun-Jin Ryu will open the regular season in the starting rotation, MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick reports.
Ryu, 30, missed the entire 2015 season and made only one start last season due to shoulder and elbow injuries. The lefty has looked solid in three spring appearances, however, yielding a lone run on five hits and a walk with eight strikeouts in nine innings.
With Scott Kazmir likely to begin the season on the disabled list, that leaves Alex Wood and Brandon McCarthy to battle it out for the fifth spot in the Dodgers’ rotation.
Royals outfielder Jorge Soler has been diagnosed with a strained oblique, making it likely that he begins the regular season on the disabled list, Rustin Dodd of The Kansas City Star reports.
The Royals acquired Soler from the Cubs in December in exchange for reliever Wade Davis. Over parts of three seasons with the Cubs, Soler hit .258/.328/.434 with 27 home runs and 98 RBI in 765 plate appearances.
When he’s healthy, Soler is expected to find himself in the Royals’ lineup as a right fielder and occasionally as a designated hitter.